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Event celebrates the history and heritage of North Carolina railroads

Posted Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Bonsal, NC - The North Carolina Railroad Museum (NCRM) invites the public to join us for an evening of railroading, a good dinner, and look at bit into the future. The NCRM will present a program of information to delight any railfan no matter their particular area of interest. Come and see what has been happening with railroads around our state during the past year, and have a look into the future through the eyes of our featured speaker.

Keynote speaker at the event will be Allan Paul, Assistant Director of Operations, NCDOT Rail Division, giving an overview of what our state is doing to support railroads of all types in this area, and a look into the future plans the State of North Carolina has to support rail transport of goods and passengers. Other speakers and items on the program will include an update from the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) on the future of Amtrak, a look at events of the year 2005, and the presentation of mu-seum awards. You do not want to miss it!

The event will be held on Saturday, 21 January 2005, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at the Cary American Legion Post Hall, 8523 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, NC 27513. (Chapel Hill Road between Academy Street and Harrison Avenue) The cost is just $12.00 for members of the museum and/or any chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) and $15.00 for non-members, and includes dinner. It is difficult to have an evening out for as little as that these days! We hope to see as many of you as possible there for the program. Tickets are available by mail from the organization or at the door the night of the event.

The North Carolina Railroad Museum operates the New Hope Valley Railway operating trains for the public on the first Sunday of each month from May to November and both Saturday and Sunday the first two weekends in December. Trains operate over a nine mile roundtrip in Chatham and Wake counties. Exhibits at the museum are open every weekend year round, and include a number of cars and locomotives along with a collection of historic memorabilia. Visitors are encouraged to visit our website for further information, schedules, and detailed directions to the facility. Alternatively, the may call 919-362-5416 to speak with the yardmaster on duty.

 
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